I need to say something. In Zeferelli’s Romeo and Juliet. When the Capulets are hoisting Tybalt’s corpse on their shoulders, and the Montagues are hoisting Mercutio’s corpse on theirs and the two groups meet in the town square. That is the creepiest shit I have ever seen in my life. And I have seen some shit.
It’s two dead guys bouncing around on people’s shoulders, animated as if alive. It’s like mobile crowd surfing with the dead, and it’s all I can think about sometimes. I can literally be like playing with my dog or baking bread or doing my taxes, and my mind will go to that scene.
Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet - 2013
i feel like it is really so important for people to read romeo and juliet not as a story about doomed, hormone driven infatuation between two kids but about the irreversible harm that parents can do to their innocent children when they try to force their irrational prejudices on them
because that’s what it is, and that’s such a real thing that still happens every day. and it’s a much more important message to follow than “don’t love irrationally”.
romeo and juliet did nothing wrong. they were just kids, and their parents had a responsibility to them that they utterly failed. 13/14 years old is a popular age to mock, but queer middle schoolers aren’t too young to decide that they don’t want to live anymore because society won’t accept who they love and protecting them is so important.